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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Oct 22, 2011 4:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

What I meant by diversity was not playing many different styles of music,but bringing a different sound and quality to the different styles of music.I'm no expert on his catalog and he very well might have been great with Brewer and Shipley,but I saw him 100 odd times with Jerry and found him to be in way over his head.I am an avid jazz fan and have seen many great double bass players,his double bass work with Old and in the Way and the duet shows I saw with Jerry were pedestrian at best.As for his longevity with Jerry,I believe that had more to do with his friendship and other things he brought to the band,as opposed to his skill on his instrument.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 22, 2011 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

"As for his longevity with Jerry,I believe that had more to do with his friendship and other things he brought to the band,as opposed to his skill on his instrument."

From what I've gathered from things I've read over the years, Kahn was Jerry's heroin buddy, and constantly pressured him into using with him. It always sounded like John was manipulative of Jerry, and Jerry, wanting to avoid confrontation whenever possible, would just kind of go along with John. This is why the other members of the Dead despised Kahn so much.

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Oct 22, 2011 7:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

Definitely not a well one with the Dead Operation, Kahn did however broaden Jerry's passion for other types of music, the Motown, jazz and progressive sounds. He had a lot to do with the Tunes that were played that were not Jer originals.

Kahn was usually the wallflower regarding the sound, he was there but not a pertinent fixture.
I can see how Heroin users would like to hang together , specifically when they are on the road together, Jerry was not into confrontation, he was into the dope and I do not believe he had ever been pressured to use.


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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 23, 2011 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

"Kahn was usually the wallflower regarding the sound"

And for the type of music they were playing, that was exactly what was needed from the bass player. Though he could bust out and solo when he needed to.

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Oct 23, 2011 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisiting 'happiness is JGB'

I concur

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